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Many years ago, when I was involved with Ansel Adam’s workshops, I was fortunate to hear lectures by many master photographers. One of them was Jerry Uelsmann, who became a friend and mentor. During his lectures, he would show his work from the past one year. Since his work involves compositing many images together, these images including variations he had tried, often with the same objects in different. The view was able to see some of the progression of Jerry’s creative process and always felt inspired when seeing his presentations. I’ve often thought I should do this myself each year, in order to assess my year’s efforts, but never got around to it.
With the advent of Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, it is easy to create a Best Of portfolio to share with friends and fellow photographers. Here is a collection of my images from 2009. I started the new year in India, so a few images are from there. Otherwise, I didn’t travel much so many images are ones made around my house, in nearby Yosemite and during a short trip to the Monterey coast.
Best wishes for the coming year,